Month: December 2011

Happenings NOW 12-31 2011

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1:05am–#Fairfield–Molto Restaurant—Bartender and patron going at it, police on the way.

9:37pm–#Bridgeport–Report of a the front porch at 354 Seaview Avenue was on fire and now out. Fire department to investigate.

7:17pm–Bridgeport–Firefighters responded to a laundromat at 2462 Fairfield Ave. Upon arrival

Air inversion may cause false alarms of fires tonight.

they reported smoke on the roof. Upon further investigation they found no smoke or fire. The air mass we are experiencing tonight is heavy so any type of smoke is taking longer to to rise and sometimes hovers. We experience this a little over a month ago, firefighters from multiple towns were chasing false alarms.

It certainly pays to advertise with!–> Shawn Hebert: “Just went there for lunch today after reading your status update about Merritt Canteen last night. Phenomenal food!”

‎7:13pm#Bridgeport–Oven fire, now reported out on William Street. Fire department to confirm and check for extensions.

Just in case things don’t go according to plan tonight: 3-D Bail Bonds Inc., 1-800-570-5544 @3Dbail

‎4:28pm–#Monroe #cttraffic–Car crashed into the woods at 836 Main Street Route 25) near Pepper Street with reports of heavy damage and injuries.

‎4:27pm–#Bridgeport–Fire department back at Trumbull Gardens 555 Trumbull Gardens with maliciously broken fire alarm pull stations. Someone is going around putting these people at risk!

‎3:15pm–#Bridgeport–Malicious damage to fire alarm pull stations at Trumbull Gardens, 555 Trumbull Ave. Building 11 coupled with no access to the fire panel leave the building in alarm sounding mode fire department reports.

‎3:25pm–#Bridgeport–Report of natural gas inside 855 Norman Street. Here comes a lot of fire trucks!

AAA NOT offering free rides or tows in CT…If you are stupid enough to drink/drive and crash I’ll still be happy to record the aftermath and share it with everyone!

9:00am–#Bridgeport- #ctfire– Mattress fire at 1391 Main Street (near Washington Ave) knocked down quickly by fire department.

Camera Falls during Insight Bowl

What appeared to be a falling satellite during the Insight Bowl turned out to be the floating camera which has become common in sports for the last decade.  Lining up for a play near the 20-yard line at  of Sun Devil Stadiu in Arizona Friday.   Two Hawkeyes had to jump out of the way when the camera fell when the wire appeared to snap. SkyCam out of Tulsa OK provided the camera for ESPN.  No one was injured.

Warde’s Buzzer Beater Beats Notre Dame

Written by Rich Pittera- Fairfield, Conn. Sports

It’s one thing to have five three-point shots in a game. It’s special when two of them are buzzer beaters, but it’s a whole other thing when you break a tie with one on a game winning buzzer beater. That’s exactly what Fairfield Warde’s Mike Wright did in Fridays 52-49 victory over the Notre Dame Lancers on Friday night. “I feel amazing right,” Wright said moments after his game winning shot.

The Mustangs came into the Fairfield holiday tournament hosted by prep as the team with the worst record at 1-2. In the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, in a game where no one thought it was possible for them to win, the Mustangs defied all odds and upset the unbeaten and No. 9 team in the state Fairfield Prep with a 68-76 upset win in overtime.

In Friday’s championship, again as the underdog, Warde pulled off another thrilling upset–winning the tournament for the very first time.

“I absolutely love it,” Warde coach Ryan Swaller said of taking home the trophy. “This is for all the guys who have built this program up over the seven years from coach Walter Fitzgerald (passed away after the 2010 season from Brain Cancer) to now.”

The Warde defense stayed strong against the Lancers throughout the game holding them to only 12 points the first three periods and 13 in the fourth period. More importantly, the Mustangs offense from around the perimeter was spot on all night—Warde as a team sank nine three-point shots and Wright owned five of them with 79 points in the game.

“Wow, I didn’t even know I had that many,” Wright said he was told his stats. “I thought I only had three.”

The Lancers, still looking for their own first Fairfield holiday tournament win, didn’t make it easy for Warde. Arkel Miles, the Lancers big senior, led his team with 19 points and was followed by Dan Upchurch who had 11. However, they were the only two Lancers to reach double digit scoring as second half shooting woes plagued them.

“You’re being kind to say that,” Lancer coach Vin Laczkoski said after one reporter asked whether or not his team had poor shot selection in the second half. “We’re going to rebound from this though.”

Notre Dame will look to get back on track next week when they travel to Danbury to play Immaculate at 7 p.m. Fairfield Warde on the other hand can now look forward to going back to FCIAC competition.

“I think we might be scouted a little more,” Swaller said. “Beating these two teams gives us a lot more confidence in going against other FCIAC teams.”

Warde will test their new found confidence in an away game against Bridgeport Harding on Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Box Score

Warde…13 10 16 13—52
ND……….12 12 12 13—49

Scoring Summary

Mike Wright: 17
Matt McTague: 13
Sal Siciliano: 11
Sam Martens: 4
Sebastian Brogan: 3
Joe Bartolemeo: 2
Greg Hyman: 2

Notre Dame:
Arkel Miles: 19
Daniel Upchurch: 11
Tre McPherson: 5
Earl Coleman: 4
CJ Davidson: 4
Donte Peeler: 2

Three-Point Shots

(FW)Mike Wright—5
(FW) Matt McTague—3
(ND) Dan Upchurch—2
(FW) Sam Martens—1
(ND) Tre McPherson—1


ND: 4-2
FW: 3-2

Fairfield Fire Department responds to chemical spill at General Electric

As we reported as the story was breaking on December 29, 2011 at 5:58 PM, the Fairfield Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an outside chemical spill at General Electric Headquarters located at 3135 Easton Turnpike. A worker observed a large amount of fluid coming from one of the buildings and reported the problem to GE security. In accordance with local and state protocols, GE activated their emergency response plan and notified the Fairfield Fire Department and Connecticut DEEP of the spill.

Upon arrival, the first fire units were notified that approximately 500 gallons of diluted heat transfer fluid from the buildings utilities had accidentally leaked from a broken pipe and entered the storm drainage system. The liquid traveled through exterior drains to outside areas on the property. The product, called DOWFROST, is NOT considered a Hazardous Chemical according to OSHA standard 1910.1200 and is “practically non toxic to aquatic organisms” per the DOW Chemical Company’s material safety data sheet. Fire personnel quickly worked to minimize the spread of the spill by constructing dams to contain the product and minimize environmental exposure. Cleanup contractors were called to the site by GE with vacuum trucks as a precaution to remove the product for proper disposal. Fairfield Engines 2, 3, 5, HAZMAT support trailer 1 the department’s shift commander responded to the scene. A Connecticut DEEP officer was also on site.

Assistant Chief Scott Bisson stated, “Due to the non-hazardous nature of the materials involved, this situation was ultimately a good test of GE’s and the Fairfield Fire Department’s hazardous materials response partnership.” Bisson further stated, “The product was contained on GE’s property and GE’s neighbors were not at risk during the incident.”

There were no injuries of employees or fire personnel as a result of the incident. Normal business operations at the facility should not be impacted by the cleanup and there were no evacuations required. The last fire unit cleared the scene at 7:42 PM.

10 Homeless After Fire In Bridgeport

10 Homeless After This Fire

Approximately 3:10am firefighters received a call of a structure fire at 26/28 Clinton Avenue possibly with trapped children, unknown floor. By 3:15 first units arrived and found heavy fire in the rear and that the building and it was occupied on the first floor. Initial searches found no one trapped and primary searches confirmed this. The fire was confined to the third story in the rear of the building. The video does show heavy smoke and water damage throughout the building. By 3:26am the bulk of the fire had been knocked down and firefighters continued working fire extensions into the building. Three fire lines were used in the attack. Around 4am command reported there were 4 adults and 6 children left homeless from this fire. The occupants took care of their own living arrangements and that the Red Cross was not needed.
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Happenings NOW 12-28 thru 12-30-2011

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10:28pm–#Bridgeport–Report of an odor of smoke at Valley Farm Drive Inn 1995 Boston Ave. UPDATE–Odor of burning plastic coming from the ceiling, they are investigating…recalled a short time later

#Stratford–Earlier tonight police responded to the Bank Of America on Main Street for a ATM technician who locked himself in the bank. You can’t make this stuff up!

7:12pm–#Bridgeport–Another electrical fire, this time at 450 Davidson St. at an electrical outlet.

6:02pm–500 gallons of glyco (anti-freeze) spilled at General Electric Headquarters on Easton Turnpike in #Faifield. Fairfield Fire Hazmat team now on the way.

5:09pm–#Bridgeport 231 Bronx Ave. update–smoke is coming from the fuse box in the basement.

2:55pm–Dinner will be ready…when the fire department arrives. #Bridgeport fire department was called to 2320 East Main Street for a house fire. Upon arrival they report heavy smoke coming from the 2nd floor. After investigating it turned out to be food burning on the stove. Firefighters also encountered problems with motorist running over their charged hoses. The hoses are under great pressure and presents an big danger to firefighters and those around the hose.

1:53am–#Fairfield–Reports of shots fired at Overlook Ave. and Black Rock Turnpike. Three callers called in of shots being fired several times. Police are on scene find nothing. They think its west of Overlook. I’m 4 minutes away but waiting for more info. If there are any updates I will of course post them. Update–2:10am–Police have questioned one residence on Overlook but nothing specific.

11:20pm–#Bridgeport–Delayed ignition on furnace at 90 Tom Thumb Street. causes smoke and scare in the neighborhood….no fire. EMTs treating one for smoke inhalation.

7:14pm–#Bridgeport–Pedestrian struck at 885 Boston Ave near the cemetery.

3:21pm–#Bridgeport–Worker pinned at 452 Harral Ave. rescued by firefighters. Construction worker was inside a bucket on a lift, the load shifted and pinned both his legs. Both legs appear to be fractured according to first responders. They are requesting OSHA to the scene.

11:52pm–#Norwalk #cttraffic Fire department called to Route 7 northbound at exit one to to extricate a finger from a bumper. Finger extricated at 12:08am.

11:10pm–#Fairfield–Pickup truck crashes into telephone pole on Riverside Drive. Both driver and passenger refuse medical attention driver arrested.

10:44pm–#Bridgeport–AMR warning EMTs of an air conditioning unit that was once mounted on a roof is now on the road at Hunting Street near St. Vincents Hospital. Uncertain where the a/c unit is from but its in the road now!

10:07pm–#Bridgeport–55 Shell Street- No power to the area with reports of people stuck in the elevators. These are the Bridgeport Towers and are 7 stories high. Fire department on scene with elevator rescues.

#Torrington #ctfire We have a report of a structure fire at 76 Pythian ave 3rd floor fully involved. Possibly trapped residents. We will give you any updates when we get them, we cannot monitor Torrington from here.UPDATE– One person confirmed dead.

9:25pm–#Fairfield–1437 Fairfield Beach Road reporting the windows on the second floor have been blown in by the wind. This is the same road severely damaged by Hurricane Irene.

Here we go again! Power outages- Stratford-109 Milford-414 and UI only reporting one in Fairfield.

7:59pm—#Fairfield–That’s why the lights flickered! Possible transformer explosion at Congress and Burr Street–Fire department on the way.

7:28pm–#Stratford–Second Hill Ave. watch out for the inflatable snowman blowing down the street!

Do You Know This Man? BPD Would Like Your Help!

Bridgeport Police is requesting the public help in identifying this man who is a suspect at two armed robberies.   The first robbery occurred December 20th and the second on December 21st on individual citizens.  Here he is seen at the Madison Key and Spirit Store on Madison Ave. shortly before one of the robberies.   Anyone with information can call the Bridgeport Detective Bureau at 203-581-5201, all infomation will be kept confidential.